ETHICS AND POLITICAL THEORY

PHI2EPT

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, we explore some basic questions about ethics and political morality. What are the foundations of personal and political morality and values? What makes something good or valuable? Are moral judgments subjective or can they be objective? Are they relative to one's culture or society or can they be universally applicable? Is there a connection between moral values and our psychology? Can our moral judgements be true or false? What kinds of moral values might govern the ways we live together in political society?

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHI3ETH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVarious titlesPrescribedVarious authorsVarious publishers

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and review ideas, arguments and debates covered in classes and prescribed texts.

Activities:
Class discussions, reading, thinking, writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Compare and assess ideas, arguments and debates covered in classes and prescribed texts.

Activities:
On-learning activities and blogs.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Organise ideas and formulate and defend an argument in relation to one of the topics addressed in the subject.

Activities:
Essay writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Task 1 Blog posts and replies to other students (1600 words)40 01, 02, 03
Task 2: Staged research essay stage one: annotated bibliography and proposal (800 words)20 01, 02, 03
Task 2 Staged research essay stage two: Essay (1600)40 01, 02, 03